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Mary Dumka (Sanghamitta)

Iin 2014, Mary invited 5 other members of the CTBC meditation group to form a Board to support CTBC's mission. She has personally benefitted from the practice of meditation and is happy to share these learnings with others. Also, after meeting some Buddhist nuns, she learned of the struggles they were experiencing in being supported. She felt passionate about supporting them by offering her home as a residence. Until this becomes a reality, she acts as the resident teacher, with the support of senior members of CTBC.
Manik Navaratne

Manik Navaratne

Manik was born in the sacred Buddhist city of Kandy, Sri Lanka and grew up on the Kirkoswald tea estate. She observed the Eight Precepts at school, and often accompanied her parents on the five kilometre walk to the nearest temple to offer dāna. In 1995, her family emigrated to New Zealand and she began meditation practice at the Auckland Theravada Buddhist Temple, where she met Ayya Medhanandi, Ajahn Viradhammo, Ajahn Sumedho Ajhn Vajiro and other western Buddhist monks. In 2003, Manik moved to Calgary, Alberta and became acquainted with Sangamitta and the CTBC, where she now attends retreats and offers her professional accounting services as dāna. She is also a regular participant in Calgary Maha Vihara.

Marilyn Foxford

Marilyn Foxford

After years of on again/off again meditation, Marilyn first took a serious interest in Buddhism upon returning to university to study Eastern Religions. Some time later, she found the Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community and learned about the Forest Tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. She is now committed to this tradition and goes on retreats to Birken Forest Monastery several times a year, where she is taking Upasika training with Ajahn Sona as her teacher.
Leslie Lewis

Leslie Lewis

Leslie has had a varied career as a chemist, librarian, computer programmer, freelance writer, and finally as an Anglican priest. Retired now, she enjoys volunteering with the Canmore museum, the Bow Valley SPCA, the Canmore hospital’s the long-term care area. She finds Theravada Buddhist teachings intellectually and spiritually satisfying, being drawn in particular to North American lay teachers. Leslie leads the occasional meditation session, particularly on Friday mornings.
Jan Hrabec

Jan Hrabec

Jan moved to Canmore in 1989 with her young family and went on to open a thriving local business. She started meditation in the late 2000s, practicing in a secular fashion for a few years. When she later discovered the teachings of the Buddha, she was shocked and excited by the possibility of real transformation. Only then did her meditation practice became truly meaningful. In addition to being a board member, Jan is the organization's librarian and a passionate cheerleader for the Dhamma.
Everett Martin

Everett Martin

Everett was raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and has lived in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Montreal prior to moving to Alberta to be closer to family. He first discovered Theravada Buddhism online and only started practicing actively after learning how much CTBC's approach to the Forest Tradition resonated with him. He currently splits time between Canmore and Edmonton, where he endeavours to incorporate the Noble Eightfold Path into his work as an ethics-focused public relations consultant. He has served on boards and committees across Canada, and hopes his experience with digital communications can help CTBC reach an even broader audience.

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